Washington Tribal Casinos receive Federal approval for sports betting
Sports Betting has been approved at Tribal Casinos in Washington
Washington could be the next state to launch a sports betting market during the upcoming NFL season. The Seattle Times has revealed the U.S. Department of Interior approved an amended sports gambling compact with numerous tribes that operate casinos in the state. The tribes want the market to be up and running for NFL betting. The season begins on September 9 as the Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers go up against the Dallas Cowboys.
In July, the Washington Gambling Commission voted to approve sports wagering rules, which were then signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee. The rules then proceeded to the Department of Interior.
As part of the agreement, sports wagering would be permitted at tribal casino sportsbooks and on mobile devices as long as this occurs within the land-based tribal casinos.
Betting Only Allowed at Casinos
With this new amended option for Washington gambling, sports betting will only be permitted to take place at tribal casinos. The only mobile sports betting allowed will be inside one of the state’s tribal casinos.
Bettors can place a bet at any of the kiosks inside a gaming facility that is also at a tribal casino. The Evergreen State will require in-person registration for new online accounts.
Additionally, in-state college sports will not be included in any wagering activities. During a public hearing in June, the Gaming Commission provided a tutorial on how wagering would work by showing an NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Gonzaga and Eastern Washington games were not shown to show how the ban would work moving forward.
According to the report in the Times, the tribes approved for the sports betting license are Snoqualmie, Spokane, Cowlitz, Squaxin, Suquamish, Lummi, Puyallup, Tulalip, and Stillaguamish. Other applications by Kalispel, Jamestown S’Klallam, Shoalwater Bay, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Muckleshoot, Swinomish, and Skokomish remain pending.
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